Ohiopyle State Park after 24 hours of rain

In an uncommon occurrence this Winter, we have had roughly 24 hours of steady rain and storms.  Creeks and rivers all around were rising and overflowing their banks.  Once the worst of that finished, I drove over to my favorite local hiking spot at Ohiopyle State Park to scope things out.  Normally, this park has quite a few awesome waterfalls, streams and a nice river, but with the amount of rain that fell, I figured those would be well above normal levels.

Knowing it was currently raining, I grabbed the only brand of bag I trust in any kind of weather, a Billingham.  It doesn’t matter how hard it might rain, the bag would protect my gear without messing around with clumsy rain covers.  Sure enough, even after being out in the rain for a few hours, nothing inside the bag got wet.  The same could not be said for myself.  The gear in the bag was my usual landscape setup consisting of my Fuji X-Pro2, Rokinon 12mm f/2, Fuji 18-135mm and a Fuji 23mm f/2.  I can cover pretty much anything with it and is still compact enough to fit in the Hadley Small.  The other gear was an AmazonBasics carbon fiber tripod and a Variable ND filter.

The water levels were way higher than normal and you had to be very careful moving over the rocks, as one incorrect step could lead to an untimely swim.  Thankfully, my footing held sure and I was able to return home to process the pictures.

ShipHop 2018

As a kid growing up in the 90’s, I was a metalhead.  My wife on the other hand, was most certainly not and enjoyed all of the hip-hop and R&B stuff.  So when she saw a cruise dedicated to to 90’s hip-hop, she started packing.

It was actually quite an amusing cruise.  The shows were pretty much constant from 2pm until after midnight and they had many other activities set up as well.  The whole thing went off great and everybody on board seemed to love it.  The artists were fantastic and it was entertaining walking around the boat and bumping into Vanilla Ice, Vin Rock and the others.  We even were hanging out at the bar one night with Tone Loc after his set.

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